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The best nonfiction this week


Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

“Astrophysics for People in a Hurry,” by Neil Degrasse Tyson. A quick and easy introduction to the cosmos from the astrophysicist.

“Hillbilly Elegy,” by J.D. Vance. The former Marine and Yale Law School graduate’s account of growing up poor in a white working-class neighborhood.

“Al Franken, Giant of the Senate,” by Al Franken. The senator from Minnesota’s memoir of his surprising evolution from “Saturday Night Live” comedian to serious politician

“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck,” by Mark Manson. How stopping to try to be positive all the time will make us become better, happier people.

“Seven Brief Lessons on Physics,” by Carlo Rovelli. An introduction to modern physics.

“Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002),” by David Sedaris. The early years of the private diaries of the popular humorist.

“You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me,” by Sherman Alexie. A powerful memoir about the author’s childhood near Spokane and his troubled relationship with his mother.

“Make Your Bed,” by William H. McRaven. A graduation speech from Adm. William H. McRaven at the University of Texas.

“Dangerous,” by Milo Yiannopoulos. The alt-right provocateur criticizes political correctness.

“Born a Crime,” by Trevor Noah. The comedian and host of “The Daily Show” recounts the challenges of growing up mixed-race under apartheid in South Africa.